There have been "observations" that neighborhood blocks expected to be
covered by Pecan Press distribution are being missed and there is no
formal way to remedy this. So during the summer of 2011, Wanda Penn,
John Kerr (rest in peace), the HPNA Steering Committee, and myself,
George Wyche, took a particular interest in Pecan Press Coverage.
See the maps below or click on the
map to the right..
I sent out about 60 questionnaires with SASE enclosed and
have received about 45 back. I have turned those into 4 maps
showing the KNOWN coverage. It has evolved over the last year and a half.
Table of Contents
Areas needing volunteers
Maps of those areas
Pecan Press Interconnections
Deliverer? Read this.
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Missing delivery for a long time:
- All of Depew
- All of Bennett
- The few homes on 4000 Blk of Speedway
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|CLICK on the images for large version of the diagrams
|The blue numbers are from a list I have made of the people
who get out there and put Pecan Press on the doors of houses.
|PURPLE shading is for areas that are
KNOWN to not being covered... for one or more of a variety of reasons.
|458-9709 and/or email@example.com to help with additional
This is my map for the North East portion of Pecan Press Coverage and
is the one most checkered. The purple shaded areas have no deliverers.
The South part of Hyde Park has a few areas that need attention.
The neighborhood East of Hyde Park could use coverage:
The North part of Hyde Park
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Pecan Press Connections
We are having Pecan Press changes this summer and these are a few of
things that are coming out of that. Mostly just notes at the moment.
Here is my understanding of information and money flow.
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- Your block distributor needs to know where to place
your pile of Pecan Press copies
- They need to know how many to put there.
- They need to know if you will be able to deliver
them in the next couple weeks (or ever again!)
- You need to know who to contact when there is any
sort of problem with delivery,
i.e. the "chain of command".
Think of a good place for your copy pile to be dropped off.
SOMEDAY it will be raining at the time of delivery to you.
It such situations usually the Block Distributor will
enclose them in a plastic bag if they think it won't be out
of the rain well enough for the delivery spot.
You can adjust the # of copies you get. Best is to go walk
the area that you will be helping with and count the places
to give newsletters to.
- All single family dwellings and duplexes.
- If you are doing a block that has alleys behind the
houses, then you are expected to deliver alley-to-alley.
That means to houses are around the corner "to the alley".
- Don't miss garage apartments
- Just because you cannot get to the door of someplace
because of pets or locked gates, just leave them
someplace nearby that they will see.
Block coordinators get their large batches sometime between Thursday
evening and Sunday noon, but usually Friday night or Saturday morning on
the weekend before the monthly HPNA meeting. Then those guys (of which I
am one) split our big pile into smaller ones for Block deliverers (You)
and drop them off ASAP to give you the widest delivery options as we can.
The general idea is to get copies to homes before the meeting at 7pm on
Monday as an aid to increase attendance, but that is "a fantasy" as near
as I can tell. I suppose direct mailers are ecstatic with a 3% response
rate, but as a volunteer, promptness for that reason is not high on my
I deliver 4300 Block (& 4400 Block such as it is) of Ave F often on
Monday morning when its cool, but mostly a half hour before dark on
The Post Office is very firm in their insistence that newsletters NOT be
in anyway at the U.S.Mailbox. Spindling a copy to push into space
afforded by the door knob or decorative metal work or just lain at
the door are ways that work. If there is knowledge of trouble with
animals, then sticking it in a gate or fence works just fine!
After you've done the route 2 or 3 times you will find that it takes
about 10 to 15 seconds per home once you step on their side walk. I
found that if somebody at the house sees you, just say,
"Here is your neighborhood association newsletter!" and either hand
it to them or put it in the usual place. [Once you are known along
your route, talk to them all you want..]
It seems that Fresh Plus gets any significant surplus of newsletters that
otherwise burns your soul to see confined, unread, to a recycling bin. I
have gone to Fresh Plus to get copies when (in someone's rush) I have
been shorted on allotment.
Please be sensible about delivering in inclimate weather. If it is
raining (fat chance), put it off.
It is a goal of this Pecan Press initiative to arrange an easy way to get
in touch with someone to deliver the route if you cannot do it for
whatever reason in some month. However, since there is no hard and fast
delivery date, delivering (or, shudder the thought, doubling up the next
month) the following weekend or whatever is no blight. My experience is
that this minor task of home delivery is very easy to overlook if you are
intent on being out of town at the beginning of the month and will
ONLY be remembered when you get back in town and see the pile sitting there.
We have deliverers that do it for a few months and then realize they
really are out-of-town too much to be responsible, and we have several
deliverers that started in 1976. One family is proud that 3 successive
generations have taken up delivery to their route. It is usually the case
that a deliverer will offer up their own successor instead of just
quietly abandoning a route. The moment I find out that one of my block
deliverers is ceasing, I go house to house in that area seeking a
replacement or if I have time, I "advertise" in the Pecan Press itself
or to the yahoo group. If all of that fails, I deliver it myself until
I am motivated enough to get someone else to do it. ALL of these happen.
Last modified: 2015-02-25